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Portishead’s Beth Gibbons Announces Debut Solo Album, Releases New Song

Portishead’s Beth Gibbons has announced her long-awaited debut solo album: Lives Outgrown is set for release on May 17 via Domino. Co-produced by Gibbons and James Ford, with additional production from Talk Talk’s Lee Harris, the record features 10 tracks that were recorded over a period of 10 years. Check out Tony Oursler’s video for the new single ‘Floating on a Moment’ below, and scroll down for the album cover, tracklist, and Gibbons’ upcoming tour dates.

The songs on Lives Outgrow touch on themes of anxiety, motherhood, and mortality.  “I realized what life was like with no hope,” Gibbons reflected in a statement. “And that was a sadness I’d never felt. Before, I had the ability to change my future, but when you’re up against your body, you can’t make it do something it doesn’t want to do.”

The album also came out of a period “lots of goodbyes,” Gibbons said. “People started dying. When you’re young, you never know the endings, you don’t know how it’s going to pan out. You think: we’re going to get beyond this. It’s going to get better. Some endings are hard to digest…. Now I’ve come out of the other end, I just think, you’ve got to be brave.”

Speaking about the visual for ‘Floating on a Moment’, Oursler commented: “When I first heard ‘Floating On A Moment’ it literally transported me from place to place, filling me with kaleidoscopic emotions and visions. If possible, I wanted to capture that psychic liquid in this video. Beth’s work is so powerful it can lead us through life’s forests and fires, revealing glimpses of possible futures. With a voice and music like that I knew we had to make images which are open, somehow speculative.”

Lives Outgrown Cover Artwork:

Lives Outgrown Tracklist:

1. Tell Me Who You Are Today
2. Floating On A Moment
3. Burden Of Life
4. Lost Changes
5. Rewind
6. Reaching Out
7. Oceans
8. For Sale
9. Beyond The Sun
10. Whispering Love

Beth Gibbons 2024 Tour Dates:

May 27 – Paris, FR – La Salle Pleyel
May 28 – Zürich, CH – Theater 11
May 30 – Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound Festival
May 31 – Lyon, FR – La Bourse Du Travail
Jun 2 – Berlin, DE – Verti Music Hall
Jun 3 – Copenhagen, DK – Falkonersalen
Jun 5 – Utrecht, NL – Tivoli Vredenburg
Jun 6 – Brussels, BE – Cirque Royal
Jun 9 – London, UK – The Barbican Centre
Jun 10 – Manchester, UK – Albert Hall
Jun 11 – Edinburgh, UK – Usher Hall

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